Renmark is a member of the citrus growing group of towns close to the Victorian border. This rich and pretty area next to the River Murray. The proximity of the towns to each other was a by-product of the paddle steamer era. Renmark is the capitol of the region, and is the Mildura equivalent of Victoria. It is the oldest European settlement on the River Murray.
The name Renmark refers to an aboriginal word meaning "Red Mud"
A settlement began to grow in 1887, when the Renmark Settlement was established by George and William Chaffey, who created a system of open drains using water from the Murray, to allow orchards to be planted in the area. By pumping water onto the hot red sand they transformed it into a fruit growing area similar to California. Renmark was proclaimed a town in 1904 and a municipality in 1935.
The area is known for the cultivation of, citrus fruits, and wool. Orange trees stretch for hectares as do vineyards and stone fruit orchards. Other industries include almond growing and pistachio nut cultivation.
When visiting allow a few days for the region and if you are into water sports longer.